Today, we’re into something special from the world of metal, straight out of Long Beach, CA. We’re shining the spotlight on NepCali, a band that’s carving out its unique niche with a flair that’s distinctly their own. With members who bring the rich cultural influences of Kathmandu to their sound, NepCali offers a refreshing divergence from the conventional stuff I listen to.
Their latest single, “Distraction,” is just an example of their musical craftsmanship. It’s been my go-to track for the past few days that I’ve gotten it, offering a robust mix of electrifying guitar riffs, (which are amazing by the way) dynamic rhythms, and vocals that really grip you. from the first note. For them, it feels like this song’s a bold declaration of their music and vision.
And now for me, I’ve found “Distraction” to be the perfect, Distraction if you will, and my companion for high-energy moments, especially during workouts. It’s the kind of track that elevates pushes you to go further, making it a must-add to your gym playlist. And with its upcoming release on Spotify, it’s set to become a staple for those of you with a metal gym list. I mean it’s a new year after all, for those of you still in there at this point, blast this song in your earbuds.
However, there’s a deeper story that NepCali weaves into this track, making it not just a feast for the ears but also a reflection of a struggle we all deal with. The song delves into the theme of distractions, it’s an exploration of the myriad ways distractions infiltrate our lives, from the mundane to the major.
For many of us, a “Distraction” lies in being sidetracked in the modern world. Whether it’s the wandering mind during work hours, the rabbit holes we fall into that devour our time, the doom scrolling on our phones, or the more significant distractions that can derail our lives, But it goes beyond just acknowledging these distractions, it also delves into the emotional turmoil they can cause. And what better way to vent it, than with a metal track.
Most impactful is the song’s portrayal of personal distractions, particularly those stemming from individuals who become the epicenter of our mental unrest. Through its lyrics, “Distraction” tells the story of the struggle to break free from the grasp of someone who’s become a source of constant diversion and, consequently, turmoil in one’s life. This individual, omnipresent and overwhelming, embodies the kind of distraction that’s not just an annoyance but a barrier to personal peace and progress.
The moment “Distraction” begins, you’re instantly catapulted in an all out whirlwind. The track erupts with a riff that’s nothing short of incredible. It’s a masterful blend of raw power and intricate instantly setting the tone for what’s to come. This riff itself is like a statement.
As the song progresses, reaching the 40-second mark, it undergoes a transformative shift. The percussion kicks in, complementing the riff but elevating it to a new level of intensity. This is where the song takes a definitive turn towards a more thrash-like state, with the percussion adopting a marching-style beat. It’s rhythmic, it’s assertive, and it builds up with a sense of inexorable momentum.
Then comes the moment where the song transforms into a cataclysm of sound. The heavy riffs and crashing drums create a sea of soundforce that’s both overwhelming and exhilarating. The cymbals, in particular, play a crucial role here. It’s a shimmering cascade that rides atop the wave of the song’s energy. Each strike of the cymbal cuts through the mix, shining brightly against the backdrop of the relentless riffs and pounding drums. It’s like chaos and order dancing together in a display of raw metal power.
The song really is and feels like a rollercoaster of shifts and surprises, each one more gripping than the last. And I’m tellin’ you guys, those guitar riffs are sick. They’re not just scattered throughout the track either, they’re masterfully woven into the very fabric of the song. One of the many highlights, however, is the solo – a moment in the song that can only be described as epic. It’s an emotional outpouring, a climactic point where the guitar speaks with as much emotion and intensity as any vocal line.
Vocally, “Distraction” is equally impressive. Arpan’s range, shifting seamlessly between growls and cleaner singing styles, adds a dynamic layer to the track. His growls are guttural yet articulate, conveying power and emotion in equal measure. I’ve always been a fan of ‘clean’ harsh singing. The cleaner vocals, on the other hand, provide a melodic contrast that’s refreshing. The interplay between the growls and clean vocals creates a diverse sound that’s as compelling as the instrumental work, making “Distraction” a standout track in every sense.
The lyrics speak of a strained relationship, one where recognition and appreciation are sorely lacking. This sentiment is put powerfully in the line about the absence of pride – it’s a heart-wrenching admission of seeking validation but never receiving it. I mean over all it’s about the universal desire for acknowledgment and support, especially from those significant in our lives.
As the song progresses, the lyrics take on a more assertive tone, reflecting a sense of exasperation and a longing for independence. The words convey a feeling of being trapped in a cycle of demands and expectations, leading to a crescendo of frustration. This frustration is a deep-seated desire for change, for breaking free from the constraints imposed by another’s presence and influence. It’s not great having someone causes so many distractions in your life after all.
The call for the other person to ‘get a life and leave me alone’ is a demand for space, for the freedom to exist without the weight of their expectations and judgments. This part of the lyrics strikes a chord with anyone who has ever felt stifled or controlled by someone else. It’s a powerful expression of the need for personal space.This track has been it’s a monumental start to 2024, setting a high bar for what’s to come in. It’s a great blend of raw energy, emotional depth, and technical skills.
NepCali is set to release a music video for “Distraction” in the coming days. The theme of the video is particularly cool, revolving around Ajipa Lakhey, a figure often depicted as a demon but revered as a protective spirit or guardian in folklore. This choice of theme hints at a visual showcase that’s as deep and layered as the song itself, promising to add another dimension to the already impactful track.
Mark your calendars: the full track will be available on January 12th, and it will be accessible on all major streaming platforms. I encourage everyone to experience “Distraction” for themselves. It’s a great way to start the new year off with some great metal that might be a, distraction for you.